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How can occupational therapy help someone with osteoarthritis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Occupational therapy for osteoarthritis is valuable for teaching you ways to protect your joints as you go about your normal everyday activities, such as getting up from a chair or lifting a bag of groceries. Your occupational therapist will show you how to use your strongest muscles to lift and carry and how to avoid putting too much stress on your joints. If you have osteoarthritis in your hands, he or she will teach you how to hold and lift objects in a way that won't hurt your fingers. In addition, occupational therapy teaches you how to use assistive devices, such as reachers, dressing aids, and walkers. 

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